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Pompano Beach paramedic honored for quick thinking

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 17:07:00 PST

Jay Robeson had not a single scrape on him when paramedics found him lying face down and unconscious on the pavement last Christmas.

It took a wider look around to conclude that Robeson, 27, was minutes away from bleeding to death.

On Friday, Robeson stood, tears welling up, and hugged the man...


Jury acquits Pembroke Pines stepdad of molestation charges

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:34:42 PST

Wilson Hernandez, a Pembroke Pines man accused of molesting his two stepdaughters in 2013, was acquitted Friday.

The verdict came after 3 1/2 hours of deliberations.

Hernandez, 52, faced life in prison if convicted of four counts of capital sexual battery. He was also charged with eight counts of...


Rapper Brisco arrested on fraud and fake money charges after months on the lam, feds say

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:26:56 PST

South Florida rapper Brisco, wanted by the U.S. Secret Service since August, was arrested this week when he made a guest appearance with another musician in Broward County, agents said.

Brisco has performed and recorded with Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled. Lil' Wayne signed him to Cash Money...


Detours dominate South Florida highways in week ahead

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:04:00 PST

Drivers will be dodging detours at almost every turn in Broward County in the week ahead.

Here's a list of the road and ramp closures on the interstates, Turnpike and rails.

Interstate 75 north: All northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed from Sheridan Street to Griffin Road from 11 p.m. Tuesday...


Fort Lauderdale plan for Las Olas plaza pits history vs. commerce

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Preserve history or add ambiance?

That is what the city is grappling with as it prepares to build a plaza on the north side of Las Olas Boulevard, above the entrance to the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel.

A public plaza could make a larger portion of the trendy boulevard more inviting to visitors, by replacing...


Broward tests new menu options to get students to eat veggies

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:16:00 PST

After eating lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and sunflower seeds covered in Italian dressing for four days straight, Kyla Morales couldn't take it anymore.

"I thought, 'I'm going to lose my mind if I have another salad.'" said the Western High senior, who doesn't eat meat or cheese and who stopped...


'Traffic is definitely worse' on redesigned stretch of A1A

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:06:11 PST

As snowbird season begins, hordes of beach visitors are going to be traveling on an iconic one-mile stretch of A1A that has gone from four lanes to two.

The state's $11.8 million redesign added turn lanes, a wider sidewalk and landscaped medians on a four-block stretch north of Sunrise Boulevard....


Gunman in fatal Delray Beach shooting surrenders, police say

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 13:54:17 PST

The man accused of fatally shooting another man at a Delray Beach gas station turned himself in early Friday, police say.

Delinord Dumercy, 22, surrendered at the Delray Beach Police Department at about 7:30 a.m., police spokeswoman Lt. Nicole Guerriero said.

She said Dumercy was cooperative and...


Debit card scam targets South Florida seniors

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 13:45:00 PST

Some South Florida seniors are unwittingly inviting criminals into their homes and handing over debit cards without hesitation. They later realize they've been duped and their bank accounts have been drained.

Dozens have been targeted by what police call a sophisticated and convincing scam that...


Raising the bar, one student at a time

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Just after 7 a.m., a tall boy in a white T-shirt and khakis enters the classroom adjacent to the gym and sets his book bag down next to a desk in the front row. He exits and returns a few minutes later with a breakfast tray. He especially likes the strawberries.

A rap song streams from the teacher's...


Motorcyclist killed in pre-dawn collision on Miramar Parkway

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:20:16 PST

A fiery collision between a motorcycle and a Chevrolet sedan that happened before sunrise Friday on Miramar Parkway was fatal for the bike rider, authorities said.

The crash happened around 5:40 a.m. at 12461 Miramar Parkway, west of Flamingo Road near a Speedway gas station.

"The Chevrolet turned...


Decades later, homeless woman from South Florida reunites with family in Connecticut

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:30:51 PST

All this time, while Juanita Haugabook dealt with homelessness in South Florida, her large family in Connecticut wondered for decades if she was even alive.

Her name would pop up in family conversations. Her brothers and sisters were so frustrated she vanished at 19. They hoped to one day be reunited.


Davie follows other cities with moratorium on medical marijuana centers

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:47:00 PST

Davie has just said no to medical marijuana facilities in town, for at least six months.

Following the lead of several other Broward cities, the council voted 5-0 Wednesday night to impose a temporary moratorium on any applications for building or zoning permits for the creation of medical marijuana...


Bill to require autism training for police takes on urgency after North Miami shooting

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:32:00 PST

A bill mandating autism awareness training for Florida's police departments will be back before legislature this session, and it has taken on new urgency after an autism-related police shooting in North Miami over the summer.

The bill was first pushed last year by a worried Pembroke Pines father....


In this garage, it's not just the cars that get repaired

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Back in October 2007, Dillard High School dropout Josh Daniels was "selling drugs on the corner" when he got busted.

"I passed some merchandise to an undercover cop in a car, and next thing there was SWAT all around," he says. "I got away but I just lay down on the ground. I stopped and I surrendered."


For mariners at Port Everglades, Christmas comes early and in a shoe box

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

About 20 crewmen aboard the cargo ship Explorer had just gathered in the mess for a lunch of rice and fish when three seventh graders from a Davie middle school walked in bearing gifts.

"Merry Christmas," the students from Parkway Christian School said as they passed out colorfully-wrapped packages...


Investigation: Broward school administrator used district resources for affair

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:04:00 PST

A Broward County school administrator could lose his job after an investigation concluded he misused his position to carry on an extramarital affair.

The investigation centered around Israel Canales, 54, a manager of administrative support for the district, where he has overseen the operations...


Jurors hear recorded statement in Pembroke Pines molestation case

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:58:02 PST

After two days of listening to accusations that Wilson Hernandez molested his two stepdaughters in the spring and summer of 2013, jurors in a Broward courtroom heard Thursday from Hernandez himself.

Hernandez, 52, did not take the stand at his trial, but prosecutors Patyl Oflazian and Kerrie Harper...


Number of manatees killed by boats hits record

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:32:00 PST

A record number of manatees – 98 – were reported killed by boats this year in Florida, wildlife officials say.

It's the highest number killed by boats since the state began compiling statistics on manatee deaths in 1974. It includes four manatees found dead in Broward County; four in Palm Beach...


Broward man admits he shared child porn photos on Twitter

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:59:20 PST

A Broward man admitted Thursday that he shared child pornography photographs on Twitter.

When investigators searched his home earlier this year, they said they found a huge number of videos and photographs. Several of the photographs were printed out and framed, ready to be hung on the wall of his...


Broward tells Pembroke Pines: 911 center is improving

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:32:00 PST

County officials say they have implemented most of the city's to-do list for the regional 911 dispatch center here, but city officials differ on the county's ability to deliver the crucial public safety service.

The county's action plan focuses on eliminating problems at the Pines center that include:


Delray woman who helped lawyer Alan Koslow launder money in FBI sting gets house arrest and probation

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:21:19 PST

The Delray Beach woman who helped prominent lawyer Alan Koslow launder money in an FBI sting was sentenced Thursday to house arrest and probation for her role in the crime.

Susan Mohr, 57, pleaded guilty to a federal money-laundering conspiracy charge earlier this year. The judge sentenced her to...


Carjacked car pursued in two cities; five boys in custody

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:31:00 PST

A Honda Civic stolen during an armed carjacking in Pembroke Pines was seen in traffic three days later, when five boys were taken into custody, police said.

Maria Noriega Lobeto, 49, was at her home in the 11900 block of Southwest 15th Street Monday night when three young suspects armed with a...


Drivers to get holiday break from roadway, railway detours

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

If you're planning to travel around South Florida during the holidays, state transportation officials have a gift for you. There will be no major road closures or detours to get in your way.

The Florida Department of Transportation grants holidays to all contractors from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, if they...


New beach bathrooms spell relief for Lauderdale-by-the-Sea visitors

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:58:18 PST

The newest destination in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is sure to be a hit with tourists.

The town on Wednesday opened its first bathrooms-by-the-sea, offering relief to both visitors and the local businesses that allow non-customers to use their facilities.

The six bathrooms — designed in the town's mid-century...